Wessex Training: The Courses

Wessex Training provides a ladder of training from the introductory courses in counselling skills through to professional training in counselling and psychotherapy, as well as post qualifying training in areas such as Counselling Children and Young People in Educational and Community Settings. We also have a lively programme of workshops and seminars for personal and professional development including our 10 week Introduction to Counselling Skills Course.

Each stage of the training can build onto the next one for those wishing to pursue a career in counselling or psychotherapy, or can be undertaken as a stand-alone course and qualification.

The Ladder of Psychodynamic Training

Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Attitudes

Wessex Certificate in Counselling Skills and Attitudes Pre-requirement for clinical training. The hours of attendance on the course can count towards the BACP Diploma contact hours for those continuing with their training.

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

Wessex Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling Year 2, 3 and 4 (year 4 is a non-curricular year) of BPC Registration as Psychodynamic Counsellor in an Agency & Private Practice and BACP membership working in an agency.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training

Once-weekly and twice-weekly Psychodynamic Psychotherapist Registered with BPC (Private Practice and agency)


Portfolio route to twice-weekly Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) accredited

WCP once-weekly license

WCP twice-weekly license



British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) accredited and WCP license

Stage One: The Foundation Year in Counselling Skills and Attitudes is a good introduction to psychodynamic counselling and the development of key counselling skills. It can be undertaken as a stand-alone course, perhaps for personal development, and is also a pre-requirement for undertaking the Diploma course. For those continuing with the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, the hours of attendance of the Foundation certificate can count towards the BACP Diploma contact hours for those who continue with their training.

Stage Two: The Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling qualifies participants to work competently and effectively as counsellors in an organisational setting. A further clinical year (year 4) enables you to work towards BPC registration and set up in private practice.

Stage Three: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy qualifies participants to work independently in private practice as once-weekly psychodynamic psychotherapists. It is also a good grounding for those wishing to go on to train as twice-weekly psychodynamic psychotherapists or psychoanalytic psychotherapists.